In light of California’s $37.86 billion budget shortfall, it is being reported that Governor Newsom is seeking changes to the California Healthcare Worker Minimum Wage law including the delay of the initial compliance date of June 1, 2024. It is not clear yet what the changes will be to the new law nor how far out the delayed implementation will be.

In the Governor’s proposed budget released on January 10, 2024, there is a request to make changes to the Healthcare Minimum Wage law so that the Governor, legislators, and key stakeholders can work through the proposed changes to the law. The proposal is found in the Governor’s Budget Summary on page 109.

On October 13, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 525, which enacts a multi-tiered statewide minimum wage schedule for healthcare workers employed by certain covered healthcare facilities. The new law established 5 different minimum wage schedules depending upon the nature of the employer.

Jackson Lewis will continue to track information regarding the changes to SB 525, if you have questions about SB 525 or related issues contact a Jackson Lewis attorney to discuss.

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Jonathan A. Siegel is one of the founding Principals of the Orange County, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, state and federal agencies and courts.

Mr. Siegel also provides advice and…

Jonathan A. Siegel is one of the founding Principals of the Orange County, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, state and federal agencies and courts.

Mr. Siegel also provides advice and counsel regarding labor and employment law with respect to various issues ranging from wage and hour law, reduction in force, WARN Act, discipline, leave management and harassment and discrimination issues. Mr. Siegel defends employers regarding different varieties of wrongful termination and discrimination claims.

Mr. Siegel has represented management in union organizing drives and regularly defends employers in unfair labor practice proceedings as well as in collective bargaining and arbitrations. He also has extensive experience conducting wage and hour preventive audits. He conducts single location and multi-location audits for employers. The scope of such audits can range from examining specific issues, i.e., exempt status under federal law and California, to comprehensive FLSA and California Labor Code audits. Mr. Siegel has conducted audits for a wide range of industries including, but not limited to manufacturing, retail, transportation, various service industries, defense contractors and healthcare.

Mr. Siegel regularly speaks on a variety of topics including wage and hour, harassment/discrimination, national and California employment trends, Workers’ Compensation, EEO, managing leaves of absence under FMLA and state leave laws and union avoidance. He has moderated numerous programs and is featured as a keynote speaker for several different organizations.